GURGAON: A former Team India captain played with typical flamboyance on Saturday as Gliterarti, Gurgaon’s first literature and art festival, provided the perfect pitch for a session on cricket at Cyber Hub that had the audience listening with rapture.
The session, titled ‘Lasting the course. How cricketers can overcome challenges’, saw Krishnamachari Srikkanth relive his playing days and discuss how cricketers can overcome temptation in conversation with Vikas Singh, author of ‘The BigFix’, a cricket thriller themed on match-fixing. “There are glitches everywhere and players who’ve been found guilty are just like these glitches. It does not make the whole game corrupt,” Srikkanth said.
It was the highlight of a day that had something to offer for every visitor at the Gliterarti venue, which saw a series of meet-the-author sessions, plays, dance performances and a cartooning workshop by Ajit Ninan and Neelabh Banerjee. In attendance was a large and eclectic group, from a five-year-old budding cartoonist to veterans well intotheir fifties.
Earlier, Damini sewaks and concerned citizens joined a peace march for women empowerment and safety that was led by Gurgaon Police commissioner Alok Mittal and ACP Usha Kundu together with corporates and underprivileged children.
It was followed by a panel discussion on the issue with Mittal and Kundu at the helm. They were joined by social activists and civil society members such as Kalpana Vishwanath of Jaago Re, Veena Gupta of Wess and Baby Halder. Mittalstressed the need for a greater community role to make Gurgaon safer.
Gurgaon’s youth, willing to explore new places and cuisines, formed the basis for the next two panel discussions – ‘Food for the Soul’ and ‘The Intrepid Traveller’. “The younger generation has the spirit of adventure. They are willing to go onadventure trips, hitch-hiking and backpacking,” said Hari Nair, CEO, Holiday IQ. Subhash Goyal, president, Indian Association of Tour Operators, found it difficult to sum up his experience of visiting 150 countries but said, “Once travellingbites you, not even your wife can stop you.”
The engaging food session with chefs, food critics and nutritionists such as Kunal Kapur of Masterchef, chefs Sabyasachi Gorai and Manisha Bhasin, restaurateur Zorawar Kalra, nutritionist Dr Shikha Sharma and critic Anisa Nariman attempted to decode the popularity of fast food while engaging in a debate on home-cooked food versus restaurant food.
While William Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice was staged in the theatre zone, Papa CJ’s stand-up act provided a fitting finale to the two-day festival that brought the joys of art to the world of technology.